RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 16 December 2018 – Knowing God’s In Marriage

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RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 16 December 2018 Lesson 16 – Knowing God’s In Marriage

TOPIC: Knowing God’s In Marriage

OPENING PRAYER: Father, let all our youth discover your will in marriage and help them to do it.(Scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 16 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN)

RCCG Sunday School STUDENT Manual 16 December 2018, Lesson 16

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MEMORY VERSE: “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” – Proverbs 18:22 (scroll down for RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 16 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN)

BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 24:1-19 KJV (RCCG Sunday School TEACHER’s Manual 16 December 2018)

1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.

2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:

3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell:

4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

5 And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest?

6 And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again.

7 The LORD God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

8 And if the woman will not be willing to follow thee, then thou shalt be clear from this my oath: only bring not my son thither again.

9 And the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and sware to him concerning that matter.

10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

11 And he made his camels to kneel down without the city by a well of water at the time of the evening, even the time that women go out to draw water.

12 And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.

13 Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water:

14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.

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15 And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.

16 And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

17 And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

18 And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

LESSON INTRODUCTION:
Marriage is ordained by God and it is a legal relationship between a man and a woman that should last for a life time. Gen. 2:22-23.
The step taken before going into this journey is very important to prevent pitfalls. In knowing God’s will therefore, you do not have to rely vague feelings and strange rituals.

TEXT REVIEW: GEN. 24:1-19 “MARRIAGE TO WRATH”
i. The instruction to seek only God’s will for Isaac in marriage was followed by an oath. Gen. 24:2-3,8.
ii. In Isaac’s days it involved travelling to Mesopotamia from Canaan to the city of Major. Gen. 24 :10-11.
iii. Living in the land of Canaan did not translate to marrying the Canaanite. Abraham identified himself as a stranger Canaan. He said, ” I am a stranger and a sojourner with you”. Gen. 23:24, but thou, my servant shall go to my country and to my kindred, Gen. 24:4 and take a wife for my son, Isaac. Gen. 24:4.
iv. The effort of going out of Canaan to Nahor might look cumbersome especially in the light of verse 10 of Gen. 24, but if we consider the characters and spiritual dispositions of the Canaanite, we would prefer to follow the instruction. Psalm 106:38 indicates that blood of innocent sons and daughters were shed as sacrifice to Canaan’s idols. Sons and daughters were sacrificed to demons. Verse 37-38.
v. Canaanite represent ungodly people, therefore intermarriage with them might open the believers to the risk of mingling with the gentles. Psalm 106:35-36. Such attitude would surely attract the wrath of God. Psalm 106:40.

LESSON OUTLINE 1:
RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD FIRST
i. God created/started marriage. Gen. 2:18.
ii. God will give right thing to His children who rely on Him. Her. 10:23.
iii. God does not do or allow guess game.
1 Cor. 14:33
iv. God reveals right path to His children who seek for guidance. Psalm 119:105.
v. God’s children must develop a relationship with Him first. Psalm 119:130.
vi. Believers must learn to fellowship with God and not fear. 2 Tim. 1:7.
vii. Believers must develop their God-given gift and watch their step.Psalm 85: 8; 37:23.
viii. Believers must develop their purpose through relationship with Jesus Christ. John 18:37.
ix. Discovering purpose will reduce stress and prepare one for eternity. 2 Peter 1:3-4.
x. Believers must work in God’s vineyard. They must also have source of income. Gen. 2:15-18.

CLASS ACTIVITY 1: Why do some people marry outside God’s will?

LESSON OUTLINE 2:
HOW DO WE RECOGNISE HIS WILL IN MARRIAGE?
Since God does want His children to be joined with unbelievers in marriage, ( 2 Cro. 6:14-17)then, there must be specific guidelines to be followed as indicates below:
i. Discover His will through His word. Prov. 3:5-7. His word Israel and not shadow.
ii. Pray for God’s approval. Prov. 18:22; Gen. 19:14.
iii. Be sensitive and pay attention to those doors He opens and closes with regard to the issue of marriage. Phil. 2:12.
iv. God will use circumstances and situations to perfect His will. Phil. 2:13.
v. God reveals His will through the counsel from elders or spiritual heads in the church. Psalm 1:1; Pro.19:21; 11:14; 15:22; Acts 1:24; Titus 2:3-5.
vi. Believers should not despise Godly counsel from spiritual heads. Prov. 14:29b; Isa. 52:12.
vii. Avoid pressures from peer, passion for sex, age and poverty to be cloud your reasoning or influence your decision and lead you into temptation. Matt. 26:41.
viii. Keep company with believers and avoid company with unbelievers. 1 Cor. 15:33.

CLASS ACTIVITY 2:
Identify some consequences of making marital choice with God’s will.

SUMMARY: Believers must marry only God’s will.

CONCLUSION: 
Prayer, pure word of God, worship, fellowship and service for God and right environment of good spiritual nourishment are factors that aid our spiritual sensitivity. As a child of God, you have His word, His spirit within you and His ministers to guide and counsel you.

EVALUATION: 
How can believers know God’s will.

CLOSING PRAYER:
Father, let your will be done in marriages in our church.

ASSIGNMENT: 
Find out ten (10) attractions that could lead a person to choose a marriage partner outside the will of God.

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RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL 16 DECEMBER 2018 HYMN

  1. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    O how I love Thee well,
    I am happy, it makes me glad
    To rejoice at Thy birth.
  2. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day, Thy friendship suits me well,
    Both young and old will sing Thy song,
    We long for Sunday School.
  3. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Christ was Thy first teacher,
    The Holy Spirit, great teacher,
    Does manifest in thee.
  4. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    This testimony is sure,
    That God, the Father Almighty,
    Poured His blessing on Thee.
  5. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    Though the sun be so bright,
    Or if the clouds black with rain,
    I’ll be in Sunday School.
  6. O Sunday School, on the Lord’s day,
    I rejoice to see Thee,
    Will thou pass over me today?
    Without my being blest?

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